Hoosiers Face Chivas in Preseason Action
Aug. 16, 2012
SETTING THE SCENE Indiana wraps up its preseason slate as it takes on Chivas de Guadalajara in an exhibition match at the Shidigz National Soccer Festival in Fort Wayne. This is the first time a professional club has participated in the Festival.
NEWS AND NOTES Indiana opened exhibition play on Aug. 14 with a 1-1 draw against UIC. The teams played a set of three 30-minute periods in the match. Indiana did not get on the board until the 72nd minute when reserve Kyle Sparks knotted things up at 1-all. The play began with sophomore Dylan Lax making a run up the right side. As he saw Sparks making a run up the left, Lax switched fields, laying in a perfectly-played ball that Sparks slotted home under goalkeeper Goran Ikic. It was the Flames that got on the board first, taking a 1-0 lead in the 67th minute with a strike from Ivan Stanisavljevic. The senior crossed up his defender as he took the ball to the right of the net near the goal line, weaving his way around to take an open shot into the lower left corner. Indiana finished with a 16-6 shot advantage, with both teams tallying an even four shots on frame. Senior Luis Soffner and redshirt freshman Sean Weidman split time in the net for the Hoosiers. The Hoosiers came out firing in the first period, with junior Nikita Kotlov unfurling a strike in the 9th minute that had to be cleared off the line by a defender. With just under six minutes to play in the period, junior A.J. Corrado had an open look but sent his attempt right into the hands of goalkeeper Piotr Kikolski. Sophomore Eriq Zavaleta thought he had a goal less than 30 seconds into the second period as he broke free of a defender, but the tight angle of the shot led to a bounce off the right post. Freshman Femi Hollinger-Janzen blasted an attempt from distance that forced a kick save from Kikolski. Senior defender Caleb Konstanki found himself open and on frame with 11 minutes to play in the second period, but he placed his attempt wide left. Freshman Andrew Oliver earned a start in the midfield, while newcomers Derek Creviston, Hollinger-Janzen, T.J. Popolizio, Richard Ballard and Drew Schall also saw action.
DID YOU KNOW? Seventeen of the 29 players on the roster hail from the state of Indiana. The Hoosiers' starting lineup against UIC on Aug. 14 had a home-grown flavor with seven of the 11 players hailing from the state of Indiana. Three of Indiana's regular-season opponents are ranked in the NSCAA preseason top 25 (No. 7 Louisville, No. 10 Akron, No. 20 Northwestern). Indiana will play four of its first six matches away from home. Sophomore Eriq Zavaleta's uncle, Greg Vanney, is currently an assistant coach with MLS' Chivas USA and was an 11-year member of the U.S. Men's National Team. Both his uncle Greg and father, Carlos, played at UCLA and are in the Bruins' Hall of Fame. Zavaleta and teammate A.J. Corrado spent a month this summer in Los Angeles training with the Chivas first team. Freshman Andrew Oliver was the Golden Boot winner at the 2011 CONCACAF U-17 tournament in Jamaica. Newcomer T.J. Popolizio has his undergraduate degree from Brown University and is an MBA student in the Kelley School of Business this fall. Freshman Femi Hollinger-Janzen was named the Indiana Player of the Year and the Gatorade Indiana Player of the Year for 2011. Head coach Todd Yeagley and assistant coaches Brian Maisonneuve and Ernie Yarborough all played collegiately at Indiana. Yeagley, Maisonneuve and Yarborough were in fact all teammates from 1992-94.
ZAVALETA NAMED TO MAC HERMANN TROPHY WATCH LIST Indiana University sophomore forward Eriq Zavaleta was one of 42 Division I men's soccer players named to the Missouri Athletic Club Hermann Trophy Watch List on Aug. 13. The MAC Hermann Trophy is the highest individual award in intercollegiate soccer presented annually in January during a banquet at the Missouri Athletic Club in St. Louis. The list will be narrowed down by NSCAA members from Division I programs to 15 semifinalists by Nov. 29. Member coaches and fans will then vote for their top three choices and the finalists will be announced Dec. 6. The winners will be announced at the awards banquet at the Missouri Athletic Club on Friday, Jan. 11. Zavaleta is coming off a freshman campaign where he was a unanimous selection to the All-Big Ten first team and Big Ten All-Freshman Team. Named the Big Ten Freshman of the Year, Zavaleta led the Big Ten Conference in goals scored (10), total points (25) and points per game (1.14). His 10 goals scored were the most by an IU freshman since Matt Fundenberger had 13 in 1997, and he became the first freshman to lead the Hoosiers in scoring since Todd Yeagley in 1991. Zavaleta had three game-winning goals on the year and tallied his first multiple-goal match of his career with a pair of scores in a 4-1 win at Michigan on Oct. 15. In addition to his Big Ten honors, Zavaleta was named to the College Soccer News All-Freshman team, the Soccer America All-Freshman first team, the Chicagoland Soccer News Player of the Year and was an NSCAA first-team All-Great Lakes Region honoree. Indiana has a long history with the MAC Hermann Trophy, most recently in 2011 when Will Bruin was runner-up for the award. The MAC has honored the top player in collegiate soccer since 1986. Prior to 2002, the Missouri Athletic Club and Hermann Trophy were two separate awards. Two IU players earned the MAC Player of the Year trophy on three occasions with Ken Snow taking the honor in 1988 and 1990, and Yeagley in 1994. Hoosiers collected five Hermann trophies with Angelo DiBernardo in 1978, Armando Betancourt in 1981, Ken Snow in 1988 and 1990, and Brian Maisonneuve in 1994. Danny O'Rourke won the combined award in 2004.
INDIANA IN THE PRESEASON POLLS In the first preseason poll of 2012, Indiana comes in at No. 12 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) rankings. The Hoosiers come in at No. 11 in the College Soccer News preseason top-30.
THE HOOSIERS ON TV The Indiana University men's soccer team is scheduled to have two of its regular season matches broadcast on the Big Ten Network in 2012. Indiana will have its Sept. 23 Big Ten opener at Ohio State and its Nov. 1 Big Ten finale against Northwestern shown on the Big Ten Network. The Hoosiers vs. Buckeyes telecast will be shown live on Sunday, Sept. 23 at 1 p.m. ET. IU's matchup vs. Northwestern in the regular season finale will also be shown live on Thursday, Nov. 1 at 8 p.m. ET. The Big Ten Network will also show the semifinal and final matches of the Big Ten Tournament in Evanston, Ill. In addition, the Hoosiers' preseason game against Chivas de Guadalajara on Aug. 18 is being shown live on Fox Soccer Channel. Indiana's matches vs. San Diego State (Sept. 2), SIUE (Sept. 14), Notre Dame (Sept. 26), Butler (Oct. 16), Michigan (Oct. 19) and Evansville (Oct. 24) will be shown live on BigTenNetwork.com All other Hoosier home matches will be streamed live on IUHoosiers.com
BIG TEN DOMINATION Since the Big Ten began sponsoring men's soccer in 1991, the Hoosier have dominated the league. The Hoosiers are 90-15-12 in regular season matches, tallying 30+ more victories than second-place team Penn State (57). Indiana has never lost in its Big Ten opener, going 18-0-3 in those matches. IU has won 11 Big Ten tournament titles, sharing the 1995 crown with Wisconsin. Indiana has also been crowned regular season champion 14 times, including nine-straight seasons from 1996-2004. IU won back-to-back regular season titles in 2006 and 2007 and re-claimed the regular season crown in 2010. Indiana has been the league's goals-against average leader in 15 of 19 seasons, including 2007 when the Hoosiers allowed just two goals in six matches for a 0.31 GAA. IU has had a league-record 11 Big Ten Players of the Year, including three of the last five seasons. Will Bruin won the award in 2010. The Hoosiers have also boasted the Freshman of the Year three of the last five years. Eriq Zavaleta won the award in 2011.
THE HOOSIER ARMY IS HERE The Hoosier Army returns strong in numbers in 2012. This supporters group is open to any and all fans...students, youths, alumni, community members..whomever wants to come out, have fun and cheer on the Hoosiers. Members will receive special prizes, including gear and meet-and-greets with the team and coaching staff. For more information, visit the Hoosier Army Facebook Fan Page
HOOSIERS IN MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER As of Aug. 14 there are 14 former Indiana players who are on Major League Soccer rosters: - Jay Nolly (Chicago Fire) - Drew Moor (Colorado Rapids) - Danny O'Rourke (Columbus Crew) - Rich Balchan (Columbus Crew) - Will Bruin (Houston Dynamo) - Tommy Meyer (Los Angeles Galaxy) - Pat Noonan (Los Angeles Galaxy) - Kevin Alston (New England Revolution) - Lee Nguyen (New England Revolution) - Alec Purdie (New England Revolution) - Eric Alexander (Portland Timbers) - Ned Grabavoy (Real Salt Lake) - Brad Ring (San Jose Earthquakes) - Jacob Peterson (Sporting KC) Will Bruin is currently tied for fifth in goals scored in Major League Soccer with 10. He also has five assists on the season. On Aug. 20, 2011, Moor set a Major League Soccer record for most consecutive complete matches played by a field player. Moor played all 90+ minutes in 68th-straight game on Aug. 20 against Chivas USA, eclipsing the old mark of 67 set by Peter Vermes. Bruin was named to the 2011 SoccerByIves MLS All-Rookie Team. Bruin led all MLS rookies with five goals and one assist. He appeared in 24 games, making 21 starts. Bruin, Moor, Grabavoy, O'Rourke, Balchan and Noonan all saw their teams make the postseason in 2011. Bruin and the Houston Dynamo won the 2011 Eastern Conference and advanced to the MLS Cup where they lost 1-0 to the Los Angeles Galaxy. Alston was named a 2010 MLS All-Star and started against Manchester United in the match.
KEEP ON SCORING Despite losing 68 percent of its goal production from the 2010 season, the Hoosiers scored 39 goals in 22 matches in 2011, after putting up 37 goals in 20 matches in 2010. The Hoosiers goal numbers in 2010 and 2011 top numbers put up in 2009 (28-23 games), 2008 (35-24 games), 2007 (31-22 games) and 2006 (32-22 games). Nikita Kotlov tripled his scoring output last season, going from three goals in 2010, to nine in 2011.
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